Human Exercise Physiology Lab

Directors: Tom Barstow, Ph.D. and Craig A. Harms, Ph.D.

Lab Contact Information

Human Exercise Physiology Lab
NA 05
Office: AH 208
(785) 532-0706
caharms@k-state.edu


Dr. Craig Harms' Laboratory Activities

Physiology Lab The primary research interests in my lab are to determine the limtis of the human cardiopulmonary control system for gas exchange, respiratory muscle pressure development and for ventilatory output across genders in health and in disease through the lifespan. I am also interested in how men and women differ in these responses.

Recent research projects include:

  1. How prepubescent boys and girls differ in their ventilatory response during exercise and how this affects exercise performance
  2. How increased body fat and a sedentary lifestyle may lead to the development of exercise induced asthma in children
  3. The effect of fish oil supplementation on airway inflammation
  4. The influence of dietary antioxidants on diaphragmatic fatigue and exercise performance
  5. If high intensity interval training improves respiratory muscle strength and airway function.

The outcomes from these projects will help our overall understanding of how the cardiopulmonary system functions during exercise andhelp identify limitation in this system in bothhealth and disease.

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Dr. Tom Barstow's Laboratory Activities

Physiology LabThe primary research interests in my laboratory focus on muscle and cardiovascular responses to exercise, including capillary gas exchange, and on the metabolic and circulatory changes that describe the progression of insulin resistance from health to diabetes. We have developed a battery on noninvsive techniques, including breath-by-breath gas exchange, near infrared spectroscopy and vascular ultrasound, with which to examine the coupling of oxygen delivery to oxygen utilization by skeletal muscle during exercise in humans. In addition, we are adapting these noninvasive techniqes to examin the macro-and microvascular responses of skeletal muscle during ischemia-reperfusion.

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